Richmond (15-8) at Duquesne (10-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 12, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406) -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: Richmond 10-2, Duquesne 6-6. Away Record: Richmond 4-5, Duquesne 4-5. Neutral Record: Richmond 1-1, Duquesne 0-1. Conference Record: Richmond 5-3, Duquesne 2-7. Series Record: Richmond leads, 16-8.
GAME NOTES: With five wins in their last seven games, the shorthanded Richmond Spiders have been on an impressive streak. The Spiders have had a week to think about their last victory as they get back to Atlantic 10 action when they visit the Duquesne Dukes at the A.J. Palumbo Center on Wednesday.
Richmond snapped a two-game skid with a 64-62 home triumph over St. Bonaventure last Wednesday. Kendall Anthony knocked down a game-high 28 points for the Spiders, who also received 14 and 13 points, respectively, from Terry Allen and ShawnDre' Jones.
The Spiders won't be the same team that's given them success over the last seven contests. That's because senior guard Cedrick Lindsay will miss the remainder of the season with a torn meniscus in both knees, and Derrick Williams left the program due to personal reasons. The two of them combined for over 24 points a game. Lindsay was the team's leading scorer (18.3 ppg).
Anthony (15.3 ppg) is now the focal point of the offense. The junior guard is averaging 29.5 ppg in the last two contests and has scored in double figures in 15 consecutive games. He leads the A-10 in scoring in conference games at 19.5 ppg. Terry Allen (8.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg) is shooting 51 percent from the field, while sophomore center Alonzo Nelson-Ododa (6.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg) has 55 blocks to his credit. Trey Davis (5.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg), the son of former Richmond player John Davis (1982-86), is part of the starting lineup. The Spiders have the second-lowest point total (68.8 ppg) in the conference, but at 65.8 ppg given up, rank No. 4 on defense. The Spiders are struggling at the foul line (.661), but their perimeter defense has been spectacular as teams are shooting 28.7 percent from 3-point range. The Spiders are 26th in the nation in turnover margin (+3.0)
The Dukes have lost three in a row and seven of their last nine games. On Saturday, George Mason notched a 74-68 victory at Duquesne. Ovie Soko finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Micah Mason tallied 16 points, six boards and four assists, while Derrick Colter contributed 11 points to go along with four helpers.
Soko (7.7 rpg) is 34 points shy of 1,000 for his career. He ranks third in the A-10 in scoring (18.3 ppg) and is among the top-10 in the country for free-throw attempts with 224. Mason (10.0 ppg), a sophomore guard, started this week leading the nation in 3-point field-goal percentage (.597). Dominique McKoy (9.8 ppg) is shooting an A-10 best 63.0 percent from the field. The Dukes (74.9 ppg), who are fifth in the conference in scoring, have held their last three opponents to a combined 30.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Richmond is 15-1 vs. the Dukes in Atlantic 10 play, but the Dukes are in prime position to get their second conference win against the Spiders due to a shorthanded roster for the visitors.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duquesne 70, Richmond 67
02/12 10:40:33 ET